Derby to beat Boro to Waghorn signing

Martyn Waghorn of Ipswich Town during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

HITC Sport understands Derby are set to beat Middlesbrough to Ipswich forward Martyn Waghorn.

Martyn Waghorn of Ipswich Town and Liam Moore of Reading compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Reading at Portman Road on December 16, 2017 in...

Derby County have hijacked Middlesbrough's move for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn with the player due to undergo a medical at Derby on Monday, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Middlesbrough thought they had won the race for Waghorn earlier on Sunday after having an offer accepted by Ipswich for the former Sunderland man.

 

However, Derby have matched Middlesbrough's offer and the 28-year-old has decided to join Frank Lampard's side over Tony Pulis' team.

Sheffield United have also been in for Waghorn, but Derby have been chasing Waghorn all summer with Lampard keen to add the versatile forward to his squad at the iPro Stadium.

Martyn Waghorn of Ipswich Town and Armand Traore of Nottingham Forest compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road...

Waghorn was not involved in Ipswich's opening Championship game of the season on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers with Town boss Paul Hurst revealing after the game the forward was close to a move away.

Ipswich were reluctant to lose Waghorn after he scored 16 goals in 44 Championship games last season following his arrival from Rangers.

Losing out to Derby for Waghorn will come as a major blow to Boro as they look to strengthen their squad with Adama Traore on the verge of a move to Wolves.

Martyn Waghorn of Ipswich Town and Josh Scowen of Queens Park Rangers compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers at Portman...

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